Chairman announces official charity

The Chairman of the District Council, Councillor Jane Horne, has chosen the local charity which will receive her official support this year – Forest Read Easy Deal (FRED).

Cllr Horne said:  “There are so many deserving causes in the local community and this year I wanted to again support a charity which helps people across the district.

“The FRED volunteers carry out wonderful work by helping people to learn to read and write and I hope that my support will raise the profile of this worthy cause more widely.  By raising their profile in this way and giving them my backing it will, hopefully, lead to the charity gaining additional financial help from other organisations.”

Roger Deeks, Chair of FRED added: “We are delighted that Cllr Horne has chosen FRED as her charity this year.  FRED is wholly dependent on grants and public fundraising and the charity is grateful of Jane’s support.

“We have a fantastic well-equipped team of volunteers who fully deserve recognition for their work.  We hope that with Jane’s help we can also raise awareness of the need to improve reading skills and the excellent support that FRED can offer to those that need our help.”

If you feel FRED may be able to help you or someone you know, then please contact the confidential helpline to receive a free assessment on 07746371353 or email

For more information about FRED visit their website.

Information about Forest Read Easy Deal

Forest Read Easy Deal (FRED), was launched in 2011, and has been a major contributor to improving literacy in the Forest of Dean by helping people who were unable to read or read fluently.

The project trains several volunteer coaches each year who work confidentially with learners on a one-to-one basis.

FRED provides a method of learning and materials that help people who may have had difficulty in the past learn to read.

FRED has transformed lives - people who may have managed to get by without reading skills in the past suddenly find new opportunities become available to them.

Last year saw the launch of FREDplus after it became apparent that there were a number of people who wanted to improve their reading skills further and also a demand for people to learn to write.  Coaches and resources have been made available to offer these extra learning opportunities.


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